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Power woes spark search for answers

When the power goes out at Barb Teterycz's house, she usually heads to her car and goes shopping.

Except the time of the brownout when the garage door opener malfunctioned and the door kept opening and closing.


Orange and blue battle

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour football players aren't the only ones getting a workout this week as the Bulldogs prepare for their state semifinal game against Newton.

Ginna Moore was one of seven mothers of football players who spent Friday afternoon cooking a big turkey dinner for the players.


Many Tuscola residents can only think about one thing football

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola football team got treated to a steak-and-potatoes dinner after practice Thursday by their moms and dads in the high school cafeteria, while the Tuscola cheerleaders were braving a 16-degree wind chill to paint "Go Warrior" messages on the windows at McDonald's.

Excitement over the upcoming semifinal game at 3 p.m. Saturday on Tuscola's home turf runs deep among these Warriors fans, who want more than anything for the team to go all the way to the state finals – though few want to say it in a voice much louder than a whisper. Can't jinx it, you know.


Space conference draws students from around U.S.

College students today have the opportunity for many exciting careers, including working on an elevator into space.

Don't laugh.


Excitement of matchup main talk of towns

TOLONO – Anybody driving past the white metal pole barn on Linden Street in Tolono might think it was a white metal pole barn, but it's not.

It's Rocket Station, and the parents of senior players on the Unity High School football team are spending their evenings there this week slathering quarts of maroon and white paint onto signs with messages that boil down to this: Beat St. Joseph-Ogden!


Truck driver survives close call

ST. JOSEPH – A Homer man escaped serious injuries when a semitrailer truck loaded with gravel hit a power line at the construction site at the new St. Joseph Junior High School.

John Pierce, 59, who owns Pierce Trucking of Homer, said he was dumping a load of gravel at the site when the raised trailer got caught up in the power line about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.


Violence felt a world away

In 1970, Saddam Hussein's thugs murdered Mohammed Al-Heeti's cousin. Decades later, it was a different set of thugs who kidnapped his brother.

On Oct. 26, Dr. Mustafa Al-Heeti, a physician who worked with the poor, was taking his son to the clinic where he worked in Baghdad. As they left, kidnappers asked the doctor his name, fired shots, threw his son into the street and forced the doctor into a car.


Students not forgotten

TUSCOLA – A new scoreboard has been erected at Tuscola High School's football field just in time to oversee the team's efforts to win a state championship.

But it's also a sober reminder of how quickly young lives can be changed and lost as it stands in tribute to two best friends from Tuscola High School who died in a motorcycle accident in 1999.


Starving filly seized from farm

DEWEY – A mustang filly has been taken into custody by a rural Dewey horse rescue organization after it was discovered starving at a rural Bement farm.

A second companion horse was found dead at the scene.


Several elk have been seen in area

VILLA GROVE – One can find wild elk roaming in Michigan, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, but not in central Illinois.

In fact, the official line of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is that there are no wild elk in Illinois – period.